74.5% of Israelis think MKs have gotten much worse

A new poll published Monday revealed the confidence of the Israeli voting public in its Knesset members has reached a new low not seen since 2011.

The peace index poll, posted by Channel 2 and conducted jointly by the Guttman Center of the Israeli Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, found an overwhelming majority has lost faith in MKs.

A full 77% said that only a small portion of the MKs or none at all could serve as an example with their personal behavior.

When asked if they agree that MKs work hard and fulfill their role well, no less than 66.5% said they do not agree at all or don’t agree much, indicating a large majority that feels their elected representatives aren’t doing their job.

The figure regarding “hard work” is a 12% increase in discontent from a poll held last year, and is the highest in the last five years.

Signalling the extent of the loss of confidence, 74.5% agreed that “in recent years there is a decline in the quality of the Knesset members.”

When asked if they were proud of the behavior of the MKs in the party they voted for, 54.1% of the public said they were very or somewhat proud, while 36.5% said they were not very proud or not at all proud.

The results were even starker in the Jewish Home party, following MK Yinon Magal’s resignation in the wake of sexual harassment accusations.

A full 47.5% of Jewish Home voters said they were not proud of their MKs, a much higher figure compared to the 36.5% average.

The poll also asked the public regarding the “peace process” with the Palestinian Arabs, and while there was general support expressed for negotiations, a stark difference was seen between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel regarding the outcome.

While 41.9% of the Arab citizens of Israel expressed confidence in the chances of peace from negotiations, only 21.1% of the Jewish citizens voiced such confidence in peace talks that have failed time and time again and brought disastrous results, such as the bloody Arab terrorist campaign which followed the 1994 Oslo Accords.